Sorry, Audi, but America is a fantastic place for women

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“What do I tell my daughter?”

During the Super Bowl, Audi released one of the most distorted and depressing ads we’ve ever seen. As a man watches his daughter prepare for a soapbox derby race against a bunch of boys, he laments…

“What do I tell my daughter? Do I tell her that her grandpa is worth more than her grandpa? That her dad is worth more than her mom? Do I tell her that despite her education, her drive, her skills, her intelligence, she will automatically be valued less than every man she ever meets? Or maybe, I’ll be able to tell her something different.”

Instead of the bleak and hopeless vision of America this man seems intent on instilling in his daughter, I would suggest a different vision for him to share with her. If she was my daughter, I’d say:

You are one of the most blessed young women in all of human history. You live in a nation where your potential is nearly limitless if you work hard and get an education; where you can make your voice heard, and be a force for good in society.

In America, my daughter, you enjoy every single one of the rights and privileges enjoyed by men. There is no right that a man possesses which you do not possess equally; rights secured by the Constitution and the Rule of Law.

You live in a nation where women are the most powerful and sought-after voting bloc, having cast 54% of the ballots in the most recent elections, and where the number of women elected to Congress has risen from twelve in 1967, to 104 in the current Congress, and where forty women have served as governor of a state.

You live in a nation where women are now more educated than men, earning well over half of all bachelor’s degrees (56% for white women, and 65% and 60% for black and Hispanic women, respectively), and for seven years straight have earned more doctoral and master’s degrees than men.

To my daughter I would say that you can earn as much as any man if you choose, because the “wage gap” has been all but eliminated. Women now earn the same as men in their chosen fields when all other factors are equal; taking into account educational attainment/degrees, technical skill, and time worked, there is almost no statistical difference in pay for men and women. Almost all discrepancies in pay have to do with the professional fields women choose to work in; the hard sciences and dangerous jobs (like working on an oil rig) pay more than professions in teaching, social work, or the humanities.

I would say to my daughter that if you have ambitions to be your own boss, America is a great place to be. Right now, 30% of all American businesses are owned by women, a 68% increase in just the last decade. For minority women, the increase has been even more rapid; a 265% increase in the last decade.

I would say to her that you live in a nation where you need not fear for your safety simply for being a woman.

Unlike some other nations, In America she does not face the prospect of being beaten if she appears in public unaccompanied by a male relative. In America, unlike some nations, we do not tolerate “honor killings” of women and girls by men who feel their wives or daughters have brought dishonor to the family, for things as simple as dressing like a “Westerner”. Nor do we tolerate female genital mutilation of wives and daughters, which treats them as little more than animals and deprives them of the same enjoyment of marital intimacy as men.

I would tell my daughter that in America you are not banned from driving simply for being a woman, nor do you need permission from a male relative to travel, work, or go to school.

In short, I would tell my daughter, “You have been blessed and favored by God to be born in a nation which gives women greater protections, rights, privileges and freedoms than women have known throughout the entirety of human history, and where you can be anything you want to be, do anything you want to do, and where your potential to accomplish great things is limited only by your own vision and your desire to work hard to achieve those dreams. You are an agent of your own happiness, not a helpless victim of circumstance.”

Finally, I would tell her, “Reject the idea that your worth is measured by your bank account. You are of great and infinite worth, not based on a paycheck or title, but because you are a daughter of the eternal God who claims you as His greatest creation. So dream big, work hard, love more, and never underestimate your power to change the world, especially when you live in the world’s greatest nation, which provides you with every opportunity to write your name in the stars!”

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